Some simple steps to consider when thinking about creating an amazing immunity. We all seem to have taken a bit more notice of our health with the onset of the Corona virus being more rampant in our society. Once can’t help but notice there has been so much fear and panic whipped up by the media leaving many people to believe they are powerless. Yet, we are not powerless, there is a huge number of things we can do to strengthen our immune system and protect our wellbeing.

I think a lot of people think of immunity is of Vitamin C, garlic and Echinacea to help provide some protection against infections. This is true to some extent, however, there are many things we need to consider to give us an even stronger immunity and protect us against harmful infections. These lifestyle and nutritional changes will improve our general health, enhance our energy levels and slow down the ageing process.

These seven points in my opinion, are important for anyone who wants to enjoy a better health with optimal functioning immune defences. We must remember that health is our default state and disease is not normal – it is just an indication of our systems being out of balance. Nature has endowed us with a rich supply of nutrients to help restore balance in our bodies and allow us to live healthy lives.

1. Proper Hydration – pure water is the key

A healthy body is a hydrated body. Simple as that. Hydration makes every part of our body systems work better. It is reflected in improved energy levels, good digestion, better brain functioning and a better immunity. Many people think body water is purely there to fill the spaces between the cells. Recent research is proving that the health of our cells is very dependent on the quality and structure of the water surrounding our cells. The quality of this water can help to protect our cells from toxic chemicals and electromagnetic stress.

Proper hydration is not only dependant on the amount, but how much is absorbed. It is for that reason that we need to consume adequate levels of mineral electrolytes. They are important for water absorption. We should also ensure that the water we drink is as free of possible of contaminants, so a good filter is essential. I like to use waters & co jug which eliminates 99.9% of chlorine and is of excellent value https://www.waters.co.nz/product-page/ace-bio-and-free-uv-cover and I also like Ionza https://www.ionza.co.nz/alka-jug/ They also have a great range of filters and jugs to choose from. And of course there is Kangen water which is also a great water filter and can do so much with the alkaline and acidic settings! https://www.facebook.com/queenstownkangen/

When I lived in Japan (over 10 years ago now!) the Japanese treat water like gold and have done extensive research on water. Can read more about Masaru Enomoto here https://thewellnessenterprise.com/emoto/ They understand that good healthy water should have a number of important characteristics. It should be as clean as possible of pollutants, it should have a slightly alkaline pH, it should have antioxidant properties, it should have good structure and good energy. Sadly the bulk of the water we consume does not satisfy these requirements. Now, with advances in special point of use water filtration processes using bio-ceramic mineral crystals it is possible to transform ordinary water into water which meets these criteria. This is an important step forward in providing the body with water that helps to hydrate and support the body.

2. A Balanced pH is important for maintaining a healthy body and immunity

pH balance is frequently overlooked by health professionals who erroneously believe that the body’s systems will always keep the pH of the blood within the narrow band of 7.30 to 7.45 unless there is serious organ failure.

Modern living in terms of excess consumption of acid-forming foods such as animal products and grains along with high levels of stress and environmental pollution are taking their toll on our body pH balance with a consequent movement towards acidity. When the pH of the blood moves even slightly outside the ideal zone this will result in a reduced ability to transfer oxygen.

Lowered oxygen transfer will result in lowered immune function and can set the scene for degenerative disease. It is important that we maintain balance by reducing our consumption of excess animal proteins, sugars and processed foods.

Consuming fresh vegetables, in particularly green leafy vegetables are the key! If you can’t always do this, then perhaps look into Moringa Powder or an essential green product that can be bought.. However, can’t beat fresh greens. I always have silverbeet (which always seems to grow well in my small garden) so a leaf of that, a couple of sprigs of mint and whatever else is green and doing well I add that. Doesn’t take much to turn them into a delicious smoothie in the mornings. I usually add 1.5 bananas, a small handful of blueberries or fresh berries when in season, a teaspoon of barley grass and a teaspoon of dulse seaweed. When I feel like it, I add Tahi Spirulina too when I feel like I need a boost. I love Tahi Spirulina as it is all made and manufactured here in NZ https://www.tahispirulina.co.nz/ !

3. A Healthy Gut is a Healthy Immunity

If our digestive system is compromised, then our immunity is compromised. Did you know that most of our immune cells are in our digestive tract? It is important that the bowel is moving properly so as to eliminate toxins from the body and also to ensure that we are properly absorbing nutrients from our food. A lot of this depends on having amazing colonies of good microbes in the digestive tract. Unfortunately, the impact of chemicals and preservatives in our food, water and air and from medicines such as antibiotics has upset the balance of the microbial colonies in our body with considerable negative impacts on our physical and mental health.

There are so many people suffering the debilitating effects of colitis, bloating, IBS, consultation and other gut problems that are a signs of imbalance and not one of health. If we can improve our gut health, then this will improve our immunity. A win-win situation for one and all!

4. Get outside and get plenty of sunshine

Our body needs sunshine and so does our immunity. Sunshine exposure is necessary for adequate Vitamin D levels. Research is proving how adequate Vitamin D levels are important for many aspects of health, including our immune health.

Although Vitamin D levels are probably low in a high percentage of the population they are particularly problematic amongst those who have darker skins who find it more difficult to absorb Vitamin D. In my opinion, the sun’s rays not only benefit us for Vitamin D but also offers a lot more for our physical and mental health too.

5. Garden for our medicine cabinet

If you have some space for a garden, I highly recommend in planting a few vegetables or herbs if you can. There are so many plants that have immune-boosting properties. In particular, many of our fruits, particularly the red and black fruits have got antioxidant properties that are beneficial to support immune function. If you can only have a few pots on a balcony or on the kitchen window sill, try and have some fresh basil or parsley, as they have some great properties to help you boost your health when sprinkled on your food or made as a fresh herbal tea. Some of my favourite herbal teas right now is a sprig of Rosemary, Thyme and Sage.

6. Seaweed

Seaweed is an excellent allrounder! I love seaweed (having spent 12 years in Japan I ate it daily), but the texture is what I really loved about it. The health properties came next in fact.

Seaweed can help against the Epstein Barr virus which is commonly implicated in chronic fatigue syndrome and is also in the background in so many viral diseases. Anthony William (Medical Medium) goes into length about the background of Epstein Barr virus and that it is behind a lot of common ailments that we may have within us. This link is quite interesting if you haven’t heard of Anthony or Epstein Barr virus before. https://www.medicalmedium.com/blog/epstein-barr-virus

7. Walking is cheap health insurance

A friend of mine in Japan said this to me over 18 years ago, walking is cheap health insurance and I couldn’t agree more. We spend so much of our time sitting that we really don’t use our body as much as we ought to. I try and do a 15-30 min walk everyday (it helps when you have a furry baby that needs a walk everyday), but there really shouldn’t be an excuse to go out for a walk and get some fresh air and movement for the body. Consistency is the key and whether its 10 minutes or an hour, something is better than nothing in my opinion.

Hopefully, with the above information has given you some insight of just adding some simple steps into your life will help boost your immunity. We are not helpless and we all have a choice we can make. In fact, when we appreciate what is available to us naturally we realise that we have extraordinary sources of power. Still maintain your intake of Vitamin C and other immune supporting foods like garlic. These seven suggestions will help to take your health to a higher level. At the same time keep a positive outlook and feed your mind with kind and appreciative thoughts. It will amplify the effects of the nutrition you give to your body and to your soul.